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Aug 29, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite has a bucket

Dust Mite has a bucket.

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Aug 26, 2014


... with tubeless Tom Slicks

A few months ago an online friend gave me a pair of 650b Stan’s ZTR 355 rims; three months ago I bought a pair of tubeless ready tires to go on these rims; last month another online friend returned a favor (I gave him three Ruffy Tuffy tires) and gave me an old 126mm Shimano 600 freehub; at the start of this month I got enough spokes to lace them together; yesterday I trued the new wheels, mounted the tires, and inflated everything tubelessly.

650×28b, baby!

It’s a lot easier to tubelessly inflate tubeless ready tires on tubeless ready rims than it is to inflate folding bead tires on a conventional rim, and they don’t seem to ride that badly on the really short loop I did this afternoon. Tomorrow I’ll do a quick 100k and see how they feel after they’ve been separating me from the road for a few hours.

Aug 24, 2014

Home again

Mount Hood through the window

When we fly past the local stratovolcanoes we know that the flight is almost over.

Aug 23, 2014

Look what I found!

The northern half of John Smith Road is gravel and/or dirt

One interesting thing about this particular gravel road is that it’s marked with a “construction ahead” sign instead of the more accurate “pavement ends” sign.

(I went out early to avoid the heat, and managed to avoid /most/ of it. Not all – the second half of my return was oppressively hot and slow – but at least I managed to ride north, transit 4-5 miles of gravel road, and get halfway home before my water supplies evaporated and forced an emergency stop to rewater.)

Aug 22, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & Silas

Silas and Dust Mite at the boat launch

Aug 20, 2014

Ready for the next hurricane

Pillars high enough for a(nother) 20 foot storm surge

A new house on the Gulf Coast, built tall enough to clear a 20' storm surge.

Aug 18, 2014

Railroad picture of the day

A BNSF freight sails eastwards through Ocean Springs

Not the railroad I expected to see in coastal Mississippi.

Aug 17, 2014


Old Fort Bayou Road

Old Fort Bayou Road is not the busiest of highways, which is good because the shoulder you (don’t) see here is typical of the road.

Aug 15, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite is packed for a vacation

Dust Mite is ready for a vacation.

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Aug 14, 2014

All is right in the world

There is a god, she loves us all


Aug 12, 2014

Project of the day

4 650b wheels

I’m cleaning the living room, and I needed to get some of my bike crap out of the way. It’s easier to lug around when it’s assembled, so I built up 4 wheels so I could lug rims+hubs+spokes downstairs in one easy step.

One pair is tubeless ready for the born-again Trek and the other is discie fixie for the GT so I can experiment with disc-only rims (much cheaper than rim-brakeable rims, and the rims should last much longer w/o squashing erasers into them periodically.)

Aug 09, 2014

Out on the line

Why, look where the born-again Trek ended up

Ripplebrook, again, after a 9 month drought.

Aug 08, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & pillow debris

Dust Mite looks for missing relatives in the debris left over after a feather pillow exploded.

Aug 07, 2014

There’s a moon in the sky

Moon over 11th&12th&Clinton

As well as the catenary on the new Milwaukie interurban line.

Alas, none of their donuts are vegan

The born-again Trek at the promised land

… and nobody in my family really likes donuts, either. Very odd.

Aug 05, 2014

interurban (bus) picture of the day

Meeting an Estacada interurban on highway 224

I meet an Estacada-bound #30 bus on highway 224

Aug 01, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™


Dust Mite sneaks up on the last piece of birthday pie.